Leicester prepare to make approach for O'Neill

Could O'Neill be heading back to Leicester?
Could O'Neill be heading back to Leicester?

Leicester City are expected to make a formal approach to the Football Association of Ireland for manager Martin O'Neill this weekend, according to fresh reports tonight.

Betting was suspended on O'Neill succeeded Nigel Pearson as Leicester boss on Friday morning, as the prospect of a return to the club he led to two League Cup wins and promotion to the Premier League became a possibility for the 63-year-old tactician.

Now the Leicester Mercury newspaper - who have long has close ties with the club - have confirmed that club sources are indicating that a move to recruit O'Neill will be made official in the next couple of days.

The FAI will then have to decide how to deal with the interest in their manager, who may well be tempted to return to a club where he enjoyed some of the defining moments of his management career.

Working in the Premier League would also be a temptation for O'Neill, who has admitted he has found the stagnated nature of managing at international level to be a source of frustration.

There may be a possibility that O'Neill could combine his role with Ireland until the end of the Euro 2016 qualifiers, but a more likely scenario would see Ireland looking for a new coach if their highest profile employee opts to end his time in the Irish hot-seat.

Guus Hiddink has made it clear that he is not interested in the Leicester job and with the club's Thai bosses keen to hire an elder statement of the game, O'Neill has emerged as their chosen candidate.

The race to replace O'Neill as Ireland boss may be set to get underway in the coming days and the name of Roy Keane - who is current assistant to O'Neill with the Ireland side - is the favourite to take over with odds makers.


Roy Keane 4/6

Mick McCarthy 4/1

Owen Coyle 8/1

Sam Allardyce 10/1

Brian McDermott 10/1

Chris Hughton 12/1